New designers bring in a fresh perspective that can change the fashion landscape. As we get ready for another season in the fashion world, another batch of young creative designers are making their debut. Sunaina Khera is one of them who will be a part of the ‘Gen Next Show’ at the upcoming ‘Lakme Fashion Week ‘19’. This segment at fashion week introduces five new designers every year and showcases new talent on the runway. Many prominent designers have started out their career and have made a name for themselves at this segment. Sunaina will be showcasing her SS’19 collection ‘A long way home’ at this event. She is a NIFT graduate and has interned with the renowned designer Gaurav Gupta.
The designer is an ardent believer in all things abstract, she is known for creating hand embroidered garments. She creates designs based on her experiences and sentiments and transforms them into gorgeous masterpieces of clothing, narrating unique tales of its own.
Fashion is a medium to portray a designer’s self expression. It gives you the platform to create a collection based on your own persona and emotions. This can be challenging as well to put those emotions into an art form. Young Designer’s want to be expressive and brand their collection with their own personal style. The authenticity of the collection develops an attraction with a consumer who embraces the designers imperfections and vulnerability. Emotional expression is the best way to showcase a designer’s authenticity and persona ;and connect with an audience.
Inspiration behind ‘A Long Way Home’
The collection is inspired by Sunaina’s life and the evolution of different stages of grief she has gone through. For the first time, paisley and hand embroidered sequins have been used throughout the collection, signifying the evolution of grief through the stages. She has done a good job in terms of creating her whole collection based on her feelings and has developed her creative vision with that thought process in mind.
Grief is the human ability to overcome loss and accept the change; and although it takes a lot away from us, it also leaves us much stronger than ever. There are various stages of grief that has been the main theme for this collection:
Characterized by the inability to accept the facts; the mind creates an emotional veil to protect us momentarily from the shock. Illustrating these abstract notions in a physical sense, are transparent sheer fabrics such as tulle, veils and tone on tone embroidery in dark hues of blacks and greys.
That loud expressive emotion that dulls down everything. Signifying the same are bold colours such as violets and reds, along with gorgeous sequins and a sprinkling of lace.
Chaos and confusion entail; that feeling of doing anything in our power to prevent the ongoing change. Muted pinks, soft blues, dull greys and chaotic embroideries paint a vivid picture of this noisy phase.
The consequent step is a very beautiful melancholic quiet space; albeit, the sadness and lull, you are much closer to accepting the circumstances. Representing these repressed emotions are exquisite paisleys in greys and subdued blues.
The final act of letting go; that final moment of clarity that brings you inner peace and serenity. Pristine whites, pretty flowers and sparkling sequins bequeath the cool placidness of this phase.
The collection is a true representation of the designer’s persona. Featuring silhouettes with a dash of understated glamour. The collection is best suitable for a night out including edgy blazer dresses, feminine slip dresses, elegant tiered skirts, statement tops and chic lehengas in Organza, silk and tulle. The colour palette ranges from dark hues such as black and navy to sparkling whites, delicate pinks and cheerful tangerines.
Along with Sunaina Khera there will be other fresh new collections featured. Apart from Sunaina the other Next Gen designers that will be showcasing their collections are Amrapali Singh, Madhumita Nath and Ujjwala Bhadu on January 30th the first day of Lakme Fashion Week.